The Optometric Minute

Vision Source Doctors Share Tips on Finding & Becoming Mentors

May 30, 2018

Mentors can help an optometrist start a new practice, learn how to better manage an existing practice, or formulate an exit strategy. Those they mentor, mentees, can become associates, and eventual partners, who purchase the practice. In the process, the mentee can teach the more experienced optometrist about the newest technology and approaches to care.

Mentoring: A Reciprocal Relationship
Create a Practice & Career Plan with a Mentor

GAIN CONFIDENCE. The mentee is able to gain the confidence to start, or purchase, a practice with guidance from an optometrist who has successfully done it themselves.

FIND RIGHT PROGRAM. The Vision Source Next program can help bring mentors and mentees together, including helping the mentee find the right kind of practice to work in, or purchase.

LIMIT TURNOVER. Mentoring in optometry can help limit turnover, showing mentees a path that works best for them.

 

BENEFIT FROM EXPERIENCE. Sometimes the mentor and mentee have been in optometry the same length of time, but the mentor has more experience in the mode of optometry the mentee seeks to move into.

CREATE A FINANCIAL PLAN. An experienced mentor can show an OD just starting their career how to budget, forecast future needs and secure financing for a new practice.

REMOVE BARRIERS. Lack of knowledge, and know-how, can be a barrier to entering private practice, which a mentor can remove.

 

 

 

 

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